The Supreme Court has extended the extension of the implementation of the Permanent Commission order for women in the Navy by three months. The central government will now have to implement this order by December 31, 2020.
The apex court cleared the way for the Permanent Commission for Women in the Navy through a landmark judgment on 17 February 2020. However, the Supreme Court has now extended the deadline to implement its order on February 2020 till 31 December 2020. In February 2020, the court ordered the central government to put female officers in a combat role and be given permanent commission.
It may be known that on February 17, a bench of the Supreme Court Justice YS Chandrachud and Justice Ajay Rastogi upheld the 2010 High Court verdict. The apex court had said that all women officers should get permanent commission, no matter how long they have been working. The court has then given the government three months to implement the decision. The Delhi High Court had decided in 2010 to give permanent commission to women in the army, which was challenged by the then central government.
During the hearing in August, the Supreme Court reprimanded the Central Government for not implementing the decision of permanent commission for women in the Navy.The Supreme Court had said that the government should be a model employer. The court also prohibited the discharge of 6 Navy officers. These officers were to be released from service on 6 August. These six officers recruited on the Short Service Commission had approached the apex court.